Seeing to a highly successful Kickstarter campaign, the Viking-themed tactical role-playing game, The Banner Saga, finally releases today.
The single-player campaign comprises of turn-based combats, which might look pretty straight forward at first but asks for the player’s perception of every battlefield.
Developed by Stoic, a trio of indie developers who previously worked at BioWare, the game’s combat sequences has been said to be inspired by titles such as Final Fantasy and Shining Force.
The core gameplay is heavily influenced by the player’s choices in travel, conversation, combat, and more; which all in the end have also effects on the player’s own personal story.
A Kickstarter campaign was launched back in March of 2012, and its funding goal of $100,000 was met in only two days. Eventually, the project accumulated a total of $723,886 from 20,042 backers.
The soundtrack was composed by Austin Wintory himself, who previously has also worked on the critical hit Journey. In a recent Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything), the composer revealed that it was “the most challenging score I’ve ever faced.”
The differences from a game like Monaco or Journey are eeeenormous,” said Wintory, explaining that “the gameplay mechanics [of The Banner Saga] are so wildly different from those other games.
Interested players can snatch the soundtrack, along with the game, in a digital Deluxe Edition that is up for €27.99/£22.99 from select retailers. The standard edition of the game, on the other hand, is available for purchase for €22.99/£18.99/$19.99 from Steam, uPlay, GameFly, GameStop and Gamers Gate on the PC and Mac.